A new comprehensive whitepaper published today by the (GSMA) Global System for Mobile Communications outlines the key technical mitigation strategies, including the use of Movandi smart repeaters, to improve 10x the performance of 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) networks in both indoor or outdoor scenarios.
The 5G mmWave Deployment Best Practices whitepaper, with contributions from leading 5G companies including; Verizon, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, Ericsson, NTT Docomo, Telefonica, Telstra, and others, discusses how mobile operators are deploying 5G mmWave networks.
Mobile operators are deploying millimeter wave 5G mmWave networks in crowded urban areas, such as sports arenas, stadiums, airports, concerts and other large venues. Operating at frequencies of 24 GHz and higher, these 5G Frequency Range 2 (FR2) networks capable of delivering multi-gigabit data rates and very low latency. The mmWave bands offer a 10-fold increase in available contiguous bandwidth compared to sub-6 GHz 5G Frequency Range 1 (FR1) bands. As a result, mmWave networks greatly expand network capacity while maintaining the highest individual data rates.
Providing full 5G network coverage with mmWave technology presents challenges that can be addressed using a number of different methods, however these are both technically limited and cost-prohibitive. Instead, the whitepaper suggests “to achieve ubiquitous coverage at an affordable cost, non-traditional approaches are required – one such approach is using smart repeaters, which amplify the 5G signal and then transmit the boosted signal in the required direction.” Movandi powered smart repeater examples by FRTek, Wistron NeWeb, and Ubicquia show how this can be an effective means of reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) for FR2 network deployments.
According to the GSMA whitepaper, key benefits of smart repeaters as shown in Section 6, pages 24 to 29, include:
- Low-cost, small, lightweight, easy and quick to install and provide an efficient way to extend the range and coverage of small cells.
- Smart repeaters can do more than just extend coverage of the gNB. Smart repeaters provide significant end-to-end gain and configurability that is not possible with these traditional approaches.
- Very low power and compact indoor repeaters can be used to provide seamless and uniform coverage in enterprises, factories, and event venues.
- Unlike traditional network devices, smart repeaters do not add latency to the signal path and can be daisy-chained for further range extension at lower cost.